Silver Falls State Park.

We went for a walk in the forest last Sunday.  It didn't quite feel like spring yet - the trails were muddy and the air was cold - but we didn't mind.  

doing : having


Part of our weekend was spent at the farm feverishly trying to get all the blueberries pruned as they are now starting to bud, meaning our time had run out.  Wet and cold, we did it.  A great feeling!  For me, also kind of a let down.  I've loved the physical work outside, tending to plants, hands in the dirt, working side-by-side with my love, and I really didn't want it to end. 

We've talked a lot over the years about trying to live a simple life, making the most of our time together, our experiences, basically doing instead of having.  We don't live extravagantly now, in a 1200+ square foot house with a lot of thrifted furniture, and are not spenders.  But still, we talk about chucking it "all" and going to live in a cabin in the woods or a fixer bungalow at the coast.  Insert a wood stove, big garden, maybe even some chickens, and I'm sold.  My husband sees so many people he works with unhappy, running themselves into the ground, going into debt just to have a fancy car or a big house ~ at great cost to their family, their health, really their overall quality of life.  How is that "making it"?

So we continue to talk and to plan.  All we know right now is that we wouldn't trade our adventures together for a fancy anything.  We're grateful for every experience and every memory we makeThings money can't buy.  Like our time spent working outside together - cold, rain-soaked, happy.



Random shots from the weekend.

forget-me-not friday


Thorfaen by the Clackamas River, July 2007.



Last week seemed to drag by.  I felt a little blue and low energy.  The weekend finally came and we were able to go visit my husband's aunt and do some work on the farm again, getting lots of fresh air and soaking up all the goodness that is early March and the inevitable signs of spring starting to appear.  Saturday night three of Thor's cousins came over while their parents went on a date ~ the house came alive with laughter and play and it was an evening we all enjoyed.  Sunday was gloriously sunny and even warm(ish) all day.  We put in a new fire pit in the back yard (but were too tired at the end of the day to use it!), put fresh dirt in our biggest garden box, mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and took care of odds and ends around the house.  Last evening we took a scenic drive just outside of town as the sun was starting to set.  

Today is sunny and so is my outlook.  I'm feeling energized from a weekend of work, rest, and quality time with my boys, looking forward to whatever this week brings.  Have a great one!  I hope the sun shines on you, too.
by mlekoshi